Hearts  That  H.E.A.L.

Hearts That H.E.A.L We are a support group for mothers in CT who have experienced the death of a child. We meet the first Thursday of every month.Some Important Facts about Us 1. * Our confidentiality motto is “who you see here, what you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here.” 2. Our meetings are alcohol-free. 3. Anyone under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs will be asked to leave. 4. Occasionally you may have an urgent need to share for more time than is available at the monthly meeting. If so, Steering Committee members will take you aside to another room where they will lovingly listen to you and pray with you if you want to do so. In addition, you may choose to attend the discussion/bible study sessions where you can share in more detail. (See below.) 5. For additional discussion and a bible study, we meet at Valley Community Baptist Church, 590 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001 in Avon on the third Monday of each month from 7 - 8:45 PM in Room 206 where members offer insight from their own experiences. It is not a “right answer” kind of group but rather a “this-is-what-I’ve-found-to-be-so” kind of group. There is a check–in time to share concerns and successes and plenty of tea, coffee, and rich discussion. Please join us! 6. Our goals: 1) To honor God in all that we do for and with our group; 2) To hold monthly meetings where bereaved moms support and encourage each other with Hope, Empathy, Acceptance, and Love; 3) To offer support, understanding, and encouragement to members and their families through caring relationships and participation in outside events and activities; and 4) To define and communicate Hearts that H.E.A.L.’s identity and purpose to our community and encourage their support and participation. 7. What is our vision? By providing mutual support, Hearts that H.E.A.L. with Hope, Empathy, Acceptance, and Love will be a Christian, peer-led support group for bereaved mothers who welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds. We will give and receive comfort and understanding while sharing thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Through discussions and events we will foster hope and promote healthy coping skills. Members will build positive relationships and grow spiritually and emotionally, helping themselves and their family members to H.E.A.L. with God as their guide. 8. Our supporters are Valley Community Baptist Church (VCBC), 590 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001 (www.valleywebs.org) and Carmon Funeral Home and Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001 who pray for us and provide guidance, care, facilities, and materials as needed. 9. Need more info? Please see a Steering Committee member for a copy of our values, suggested resources, prayer sheet, objectives, meeting topics, or possible activities. Contact Cindi Avezzie, Steering Committee member, at cindiavezzie@comcast.net or (860) 352-2187. [If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Eccles. 4:10, 12]